Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges

August 31, 2012 Newsletter

Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
The Independent Voice: August 31, 2012         
Working to Meet the Needs of CT's Employers
CCIC member institutions have a great history of working collaboratively with Connecticut’s employers to be responsive to their needs. Their nimble approach coupled with employer advisory boards and affiliations with national employer and industry groups allows for the development of strong partnerships.

Just last week, about 40 executives from the Hartford region’s top manufacturing firms and several political leaders joined with faculty and staff of the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) to celebrate the opening of its new Manufacturing Metrology Lab. The lab, which will be part of the Center for Manufacturing and Metrology that the University is establishing, will focus on critical issues in manufacturing to enhance the US competitive advantage in a global market.

CETA Dean Lou Manzione, who also chairs the Connecticut Council of Engineering Deans, a public/private university partnership, worked closely with regional partners like Pratt & Whitney to build the state-of-the-art laboratory and to create a certificate program in Metrology. He has noted that it will help to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the development of a world class manufacturing base.

At the opening, J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president, science and technology, at United Technologies Corp. lauded the opening of the lab by outlining Pratt & Whitney plans for a significant expansion in the building of jet engines and the workforce capacity challenge that this has created. Pratt & Whitney and other Connecticut companies need a highly skilled manufacturing workforce.

Senator Steve Cassano spoke at the event, along with Senator Gary LeBeau, and noted that “this partnership helps us resolve one of the key dilemmas facing Connecticut — local companies are turning down contracts because they don’t have enough workers to be able to fulfill them, and yet we have an unemployment rate of eight percent.”

A recent survey of Connecticut manufacturers confirms this statement—70% of respondents, found it difficult to attract qualified candidates for job vacancies at their company. Further, as this week’s graph of the week illustrates, the Hartford region alone has thousands of unfilled engineering jobs available. As the leading producer of graduates with engineering degrees in Connecticut, CCIC member institutions stand ready and willing to help address this gap.


Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
Graph of the Week


Engineering is the occupation with the third most job openings in the Hartford region, according to a new study released by the Brookings Institution. This same study shows that Hartford, along with the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk region, are two of the largest metro areas with the highest level of demand for workers with bachelor's degrees or higher in the country.

On Campus

  Goodwin College Program to Help Disadvantaged Female Students
With the help of a $300,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Goodwin College is starting its second formal program to help economically disadvantaged students earn degrees.
 Fairfield University's School of Nursing receives $200,000 grant for initiative to produce nurse leaders to be architects of change
With healthcare reform underway, America needs nurse leaders with top-notch business and communication skills to manage busy healthcare teams. Fairfield University is prepared to meet this demand, thanks to a $200,000 grant.
 Plenty of Growth at Trinity’s Community Garden
In an effort to promote Healthy Eating in Hartford, Trinity College Without Borders (TCWB), a new student organization on campus, partnered with Summer of Solutions (SoS) Hartford, a youth-run non-profit group to build a community garden next to Trinity’s neighborhood technology center, TrinfoCafé, on Broad Street.

Higher Education Headlines

  Yale President Says He Will Step Down
Richard C. Levin, who has directed a vast expansion and modernization of Yale University, while improving relations with the city of New Haven and university finances, announced Thursday that he would step down as president at the end of the school year.
 High schoolers give college a try
Fairfield University, University of Bridgeport, and Sacred Heart University are all participating in a program to allow Bridgeport high school students to take college courses this fall, at no cost to the students.
 Education and Job Requirements: The Great Mismatch
A new report rom the Brookings Institution looks at education, job openings and unemployment in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. between January 2006 and February 2012 and finds that the overall unemployment picture in metro areas gets a lot worse when the workforce's educational background doesn't match up with the requirements of employers.
In This Issue
Graph of the Week
On Campus Life
Higher Education Headlines


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Sara Maclean

Without financial aid, my family would not have been able to finance my college education. Without scholarships such as the Connecticut Independent College Grant, I would be accumulating more debt than I could ever hope to pay off. The financial aid package I received from Connecticut College is the best gift I have ever been given. The Federal Work Study I was awarded has proven to be an invaluable experience. I currently work at Jennings Elementary School, a bilingual public school in New London, as a tutor for Spanish as well as English speaking students.

I applied to Connecticut College because of the small class sizes, study abroad opportunities, dedication to the integration of foreign languages across the disciplines, and the liberal arts curriculum the school offers.
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Phone: 860.678.0005
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